Master Patrick O’Donnell
Master O started taking Tae Kwon Do with Grand Master Singh at Sangrock in the fall of 2001 & earned his first degree black belt in October, 2006.
While continuing to train for his second degree he began teaching classes. When he first came to do Tae Kwon-Do he was very shy and had little confidence, but the guidance of Grand Master Singh and the art of Tae Kwon-Do helped him achieve a greater sense of self and focus, leading to greater confidence overall.
Master O has such love and pride in teaching the principals Tae Kwon-Do. These principals go well beyond the sport. As students learn the important; because he thinks it teaches the students to make good choices and set priorities for themselves. He did the same he was in Boy Scouts and is an Eagle Scout, as well as was in the Navy JROTC at Providence High School. He has also participated in the International Exchange Program with South Korean Tae Kwon-Do College Hanzhong University for two months.
The discipline provided by the art of Tae Kwon-Do assisted him in reaching Eagle Scout, JROTC, and eventually studying Tae Kwon-Do in Korea.
Accomplishments Inside of Tae Kwon-Do
- Fifth Degree Black Belt Fall 2016
- Fourth Degree Black Belt Winter 2012
- Third Degree Black belt Fall 2009
- Second Degree Black Belt Fall 2007
- First Degree Black Belt Fall 2006
Outside of Tae Kwon-Do
- Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts of America
- Recipient of the good citizen award for the Marine Corps League
- Recipient of the Outstanding citizen Award for Providence High School Navy JROTC
- Nation Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)/ Top Gun Staff
- Command Master Chief at Providence High School Navy JROTC
Born and raise in the Chicagoland area in 1950. Graduate from Hinsdale Central High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education K-12 from North Central College in Naperville, Il.
Evan taught Junior High in Franklin Park, Il 11 years. While teaching he also coached Age group and high school swim teams. Many swimmers reached state and national recognition. He then changed careers to Third Party Logistics joining DSC Logistics (formerly known as Dry Storage Corporation) as a shipping and receiving clerk. He quickly moved up through the ranks to Corporate Information Services Field Analyst and then Operations Manager in Charlotte, NC.
In 1995 he left DSC Logistics for Piedmont Distribution Center as Manager of Systems Development and Implementation. In 1997 Evan signed on with Signature Distribution Services as Director of Systems Management. 2001 Evan joined Harris Teeter as the Safety Coordinator at the Indian Trail Distribution Center in Indian Trail, NC. Later he move on to store management in the fresh foods department in some of the largest stores in the Charlotte area.
Evan and wife Therese have five grown children and four grandchildren. Evan was a Boy Scout leader while his two boys earned their Eagle Scout badge. Their three girls were members of the marching band at Providence High and graduated from UNC Greensboro.
Master Lynn Gorski
Head Instructor for women/kids self defense. Master Lynn Gorski was born in San Francisco in 1947; she graduated from high school in 1965 in Okinawa. She attended college, got married, and had two children in Virginia.
She started Taekwondo with her 5 year old son in 1978 in Herndon, Virginia learning from Grand Master H. K. Lee. Her son and she earned their Black Belts in 1984 she retired to Charlotte in January 2003. In February 2006, while visiting a new dentist next door to Sangrock, She found herself drawn into the school. Later Meeting Master O. Though she hadn’t practiced Taekwondo for 20 years, Grand Master Singh welcomed her into the Sangrock family where she later earned her second, third, and forth degree master black belt. She earned a certification in 2010 to teach Women’s Physical Defense, which she teach at Sangrock and now Master O’s Black Belt World..
Our courses are taught by Lynn Gorski, who is certified to teach the RAD System of Women’s Self- Defense and radKIDS Safety and Self-Defense System throughout the United States and Canada. She holds a 4th Degree Black Belt from Black Belt World in Charlotte, NC. Call us or contact Lynn (SelfDefense@sprynet.com) for the current schedule and the registration forms.
Master Covia Boyd
Covia Boyd began his Taekwon-Do training in 2006 at United Taekwondo academy in Winston-Salem. In 2007 Instructor Boyd studied at the Strafford/Richardson YMCA, in Charlotte. In 2008 Instructor Boyd moved to Ohio to begin doctoral studies in Counselor Education with specialization in behavioral health. During this time Instructor Boyd continued to train in Jidokwan Taekwon-do.
Upon his return to North Carolina in 2010 Dr. Boyd returned to the YMCA and eventually joined Sangrock Black Belt World in Matthews. This is where he and Master O’Donnell first met and became colleagues. Over the next few years Instructor Boyd received 1st Dan 2011 and 2nd Dan in 2012 under the Black Belt World mantle and in 2014 he returned to United TKD academy and received 3rd Dan designation. Instructor Boyd also helped to open Black Belt World Steels Creek in 2015. Instructor Boyd teaches weapons including staff, fan, and sword. Instructor Boyd also loves to train students and families on anti-bullying techniques and educates parents on cyber threats and sexual violence.
In October 2018, Boyd tests for Master under Master O’Donnell. Over the years, Instructor Boyd has maintained connections with Master O through participation in and training with Women’s self-defense, parent’s night out, birthday parties, testing, summer camps and regular classes.
Instructor Boyd began his Taekwondo training while in his second year of graduate studies in Rehabilitation Counseling at Winston-Salem State University. After work as a Mental Health Clinician for 3 years, Boyd moved to Ohio to complete a PhD from Ohio University. Dr. Boyd has also worked with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools as volunteer for Barringer Elementary, Randolph Middle School and Harding University High School. Dr. Boyd has worked as a mental health clinician since 2005 and is a current professor for Counseling Theory and Internship Coordinator with Union Institute and University Online.
Instructor Boyd is proud to be a part of the family here at Master O’s and is excited about the opportunity to work with both youth and adults.
2015 United Taekwondo Academy, 3rd Dan Black Belt
2013 Sangrock Black Belt World, 2nd Dan Black Belt
2012 Sangrock Black Belt World, 1st Dan Black Belt
2012-14 Sangrock Spar Team
Superior Poomse 2012 Sangrock In-House Tournament
2nd Place Adult Men’s (30+) CS Kim National Tournament (2010)
1st Place Weapons (2010), All Ohio Invitational
Outside of Taekwon-do
Boyd, C. (2010). Relapse prevention and sex offenders. The Rehabilitation Professional, 18(1),
Ministerial License First Baptist Church-West (2016)
Worked as a mental health clinician since 2005
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools volunteer at Barringer, Randolph and Harding University High School.
Earned degree from Ohio University In Counselor Education specializing in behavioral health
Professor of Counseling Theory and Internship Coordinator with Union Institute and University Online (2017-present)
3rd year of Theology degree at Wake Forest Divinity School
International Exchange student with National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan (2009-10)
Master Noah Hart
4th Dan Taekwondo with 19 years of experience. Competition sparring from 2012-2015. Sports Taekwondo coach for 3 years. 9 years fitness and nutrition experience. 9 years in competition Demo.
Master Noah first trainer under Master Dale Gopaul at the age of 5. After which he went on to train under Master Surendra a international Gold medalist in both sports Poomsae and sparring. He has studied many Martial arts including but not limited to Kempo Karate under Kevin Kenson, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Mark T. For 5 years. Outside of Taekwondo He focus on physical fitness, sports performance training and sports nutrition, to better educate students on making healthier food and life choices for a longer healthier life. Master Noah encourages his students as well as his peers and friends to train and become better everyday and to reach their full potential physically/mentally. Master Noah also volunteers his time to assist Master Lynn Gorski in women’s self defense classes in his spare time.